Your Job Might Be Killing You

By: Marie Donlon

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford, believes that workplace stress (e.g., long hours, lack of health insurance, high demands) is killing employees.

"It's pretty clear that the human costs — in terms of death — and the economic costs, in terms of elevated health care spend, are quite substantial," Pfeffer said.

Pfeffer’s recently released book, “Dying for a Paycheck,” was inspired by a 2015 paper that claimed 120,000 deaths a year and 5 to 8 percent of annual health care costs are linked to workplace mismanagement.

As such, Pfeffer asserts in his book that employers should focus on the management practices that lead to these issues instead of adding benefits like wellness programs and yoga classes.

To read an interview with Pfeffer, click here.